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Wordy Wednesday 27: Sliced Into Columns

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25
PENT WORDS 5 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green *
Bryce Herdt **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano *
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide *
Randy Rogers *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #26
NOT DIVIDED INTO WORDS (hint)
14 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #27
SLICED INTO COLUMNS
The final answer is a 5-letter word whose fourth letter isn't W.

With “The”, 2012 film about a team of Marvel superheroes: 04 54 26 39 16 24 29 32
Casually look at merchandise, for example: 17 23 37 55 21 47
“Margaritaville” singer Jimmy: 33 52 13 11 18 46 50
“We Are the ____” (Queen song): 09 19 44 15 56 53 34 31 38
One who might receive a card in June: 10 01 05 48 42 35
“If you can't take the ____. . .”: 22 51 06 14
Titular job of sitcom character Fran Fine: 28 07 41 12 36
Talent: 40 03 25 20 45
Duke's dues: 43 08 02 49 27 30 57

Wordy Wednesday 26: Not Divided Into Words

WORDY WEDNESDAY #24
ZIP LINES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Carl Worth **
Cheryl Chan **
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
Jack Lance **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
Marc Enyedy **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **
And the contest winner, who will receive a copy of the two Wordplay issues in which I've been published, is. . . Tim Harrod!
But wait, that's not all! I promised a third prize drawing for those individuals who've solved Wordy Wednesday #23 and #24, and the winner of that drawing is. . . Izak Bulten!!! Congratulations! random.org likes you!!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25
PENT WORDS 5 (hint)
12 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25.5
PENT WORDS 5.5 (bonus!)
The mark of a good puzzle writer is when other people write puzzles in your original styles, and I am happy to say that I am not the only Pent Words author in existence. Fan Ryan Faley recently sent me a Pent Words of his own, and despite the potential obscurity of some of the references, I was really honored by his creation, and found it amusing enough to share here. I hope Ryan continues to enjoy my creations, as well! :)

WORDY WEDNESDAY #26
NOT DIVIDED INTO WORDS
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 
29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 
57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108

Causing harm or grief: 71 22 39 102 84 52 30
Tie with rope: 37 72 53 47
Sweatshirt that also covers your head: 60 45 09 42 107 20
One of four on a Monopoly board: 103 05 26 44 18 85 78 54
Give off bubbles and hiss: 38 106 15 64 10 98 58 19 34 80
It might be an acorn hoarder: 66 21 17 97 76 86 32 04
Trinket or bauble: 93 101 08 96 41 70
Game show “The ____ Link”: 63 99 75 57 90 88 48
Creature which sometimes elicits an
Eek!: 91 51 46 12 03
Noted role for Adam West: 65 43 59 100 104 24
Residents of Riyadh: 62 27 31 79 67 50
Child actress Hayley: 89 92 28 55 06
Hedburg who said, “Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!”: 87 61 95 108 02
Emulated an owl: 94 13 49 01 77 11
Decade of the inauguration of Ike: 105 56 14 25 82 69 33
Band with the album
Dreamboat Annie: 74 23 35 81 68
____ the dots: 29 16 36 83 40 73 07

Wordy Wednesday 25: Pent Words 5

WORDY WEDNESDAY #23
BONUS MATERIAL (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Carl Worth **
Cheryl Chan **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **
And the contest winner, who will receive a copy of the two Wordplay issues in which I've been published, is. . . Cheryl Chan! Congratulations!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #24
ZIP LINES
20 people have solved last week's puzzle. This includes every single person who solved Wordy Wednesday #23, meaning that this puzzle is strictly easier than that one (so I'm a bad judge of difficulty, eh?), and also that every single one of those people will be eligible for a third prize drawing available only to people who solved both puzzles. As promised, there will not be an easier version or a hint (a move I made to make the contest easier to manage). Remember, this puzzle is a contest! Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess, not to mention getting a chance to win signed issues of Will Shortz's Wordplay. Good luck, solvers!

WORDY WEDNESDAY #25
PENT WORDS 5
In this puzzle, you must divide the grid into pentominoes (regions containing five cells each), and write a letter in each cell. The rows, reading from left to right, will contain the words hinted at by the ACROSS clues. The letters in the pentominoes, in reading order (left to right starting with the top row), will form the words hinted at by the PENTOMINOES clues; these clues are presented in no particular order. (In the example above, the rows spell PLANT, SHARE, and BITES, and the pentominoes spell the words PLANS, TREES, and HABIT.) Use the ACROSS answers to determine where the pentominoes are.
ACROSS (two answers per row):
1 "Drawing Hands" artist / Relaxed
2 ____ machine / ____ Dice (game in which players attempt to eat brains)
3 Certain Honda / Cult
4 Joins, as oxen / Unit of currency in Hyrule
5 "____ is a balm in Gilead. . ." / ____ space
6 Surjective, as a function / Roof of the mouth
7 Annoying buggers / "He ____ to Paris" (Jimmy Buffett song)
8 Polio researcher Sabin / Like many valuable collectibles
9 Model / Made on a loom
10 It lacks a charge / "I don't ____ it"

PENTOMINOES:
* HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* THE OTHER HALF OF THE FINAL ANSWER
* Wolfed down
* Poet's concern
* Senator who represented Delaware until 2009
* Physicist Heinrich Rudolf ____
* Former "Family Feud" host Ray
* Naughty word
* Treasure ____
* Like some dialed telephone numbers
* Spew out lava
* Origami need
* Certain General Mills cereal
* Doctrine
* South Korea population center
* "May I take your ____?"
* Native of Alaska or Russia, perhaps
* It might have five paragraphs
* Rodney Dangerfield's surname by birth
* Mia Wasikowska's character in a 2010 remake

Wordy Wednesday 24: Zip Lines

WORDY WEDNESDAY #22
I'M TERRIBLE WITH NAMES (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the puzzle, or here for a hint. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Adam Weaver **
Bo Green *
Bryce Herdt *
Cheryl Chan *
Christian H.P. **
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten **
Jack Bross *
James McGowan **
Jeremy Conner **
John Bulten **
Marc Enyedy **
Mark Tilford **
Randy Rogers **
Ryan Faley *
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

WORDY WEDNESDAY #23
BONUS MATERIAL
11 people have solved last week's puzzle. I have received some incorrect answers, and anticipate receiving a few more. As promised, there will not be an easier version or a hint (a move I made to make the contest easier to manage). All I will say is that when you have the right answer, you'll know you have it. Remember, this puzzle is a contest! Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess, not to mention getting a chance to win signed issues of Will Shortz's Wordplay. Good luck, solvers!

Yeah, I know this is irrelevant to this post, but this blog's become irrelevant enough with its dearth of logic puzzles, so what harm would more irrelevance do?

I have no idea how many of my readers share my passing interest in card magic, but I made this post in January (back when my readership was at zero due to my lack of puzzles, but I didn't know where else to put it) proposing a variant of the classic "Bible Atlas Goose Thigh" card trick where instead of dealing the pairs of cards onto the pairs of letters one by one, the performer mixes up the cards so that the pairs of cards fall onto the pairs of letters when dealt in a natural order. First of all, some person in Russia has cited this blog post as a reference for his article on this very same trick; a link to it is in the comments on my post. I can't read Russian, but if you're interested in learning the Russian mnemonics for this trick, now you can. :)

Also, I recently stumbled upon this webpage while researching an unrelated card trick. In the section on Mutus Nomen Cocis Dedit, the author writes: "A fairly elaborate, but clever, variation can be found in J.N. Hilliard, Greater Magic (1938), pp. 120-128. In this version the pairs are not gathered up but simply scooped together and genuinely shuffled, then re-dealt to the table consecutively, not according to the familiar pattern. In spite of these two modifications the mind-reader succeeds in divining the thought-of pair or pairs in the usual way." Does this mean my idea has already been done? I've heard rumors that, before the Internet existed, budding magicians would bury themselves in magic books at their libraries; might this book exist at a local library?

WORDY WEDNESDAY #24
ZIP LINES
(click here for a PDF version)
This week's puzzle is a contest! The winner of this contest will receive signed copies of the two issues (thus far) of Will Shortz's Wordplay in which I had the honor of being published. Unlike previous Wordy Wednesday offerings, there will not be a hint or an easy version of this puzzle next week; all solvers within the next two weeks will get two stars by their name on the solvers list. Last week's puzzle was also a contest; a third prize drawing will be held for the people who appear on both solvers lists!
 
The Wordy Wednesday answer is a three-word song title relevant to the puzzle's theme.

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